Chinese hardware giant Meizu has made the Indian consumer wait for quite some time for its latest budget offering — Meizu M5. The device was first launched in its home country back in November and it has today made its way to the Indian sub-continent. It is being made available exclusively on e-commerce platform Tatacliq for ₹10,499.
Speaking on the launch of the device in India, Leon Zhang, Meizu Marketing Head, South Asia said:
We had launched M5 in China market a few months ago and within a short span of time, this particular model bought various accolades for Meizu’s M series. This overwhelming response further inspired us to introduce this device in Indian market which evidently is one of the key markets for Meizu.
The Meizu M5 was unveiled first but can be seen a smaller, equally powerful version of its successor M5 Note. It features a 5.2-inch HD display which is covered with 2.5D curved glass on top, with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. This is packed inside a polycarbonate plastic unibody, which is provided some sturdiness by its anodized metal frame. It measures 147.28 x 72.8 x 8 mm and weighs only 138 grams.
As for the internals, the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 clocked at 1.53GHz, paired along with Mali-T860 GPU. This is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB using an external MicroSD card. While Meizu had launched a couple RAM+memory variants in China, including a 2GB RAM+16GB onboard storage one. But, only the higher end variant has been launched in India.
As for the camera, the Meizu M5 comes packed with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, 5P lens and f/2.2 aperture. The front shooter includes a 5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture and 4P Lens for your selfie needs. The device also includes all the necessary connectivity options WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS and 4G VoLTE support. It also carries a fingerprint scanner in the home button for added security.
The highlight of the device, as reported earlier, will have to be the phone’s customized software. Meizu M5 is powered by an Android Marshmallow-based operating system called Flyme OS, which is powered by Alibaba’s Yun OS. The device packs inside a 3,070 mAh battery, which is touted to provide you with around 66 hours of continuous music playback, 37 hours of talk time, 9 hours of gaming and 5 hours of photography.
Meizu M5 is being launched in two color variants, namely Blue and Champagne Gold. The features sound pretty decent for the price tag but it will have to face intense competition from the likes of people’s favorite Redmi Note 4 and Huawei’s Honor 6X, which packs a dual camera setup in a ₹12,499 smartphone.